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3 days ago

Unable to reach by car after Dec 1. Snowmobile access only.

Took me 4.5 hours total in snowy conditions. Excellent views on top + you can climb the tower for even better views. Trail is well-traveled and very well marked. Parking is plowed. There was 12-18 in of snow today. Spikes were not required, but snowshoes yes (to not damage the trail).

Went this past weekend, snow on the ground most of the way, nearly a foot at the top. Great hike, just the right length, and amazing view from the summit.

This was our last Firetower of the Catskill Firetower Challenge weekend. The location is very remote. The first 0.9 miles is relatively flat. We took the right, clockwise turn up the steep pitch on the trail which wasn’t that bad really, I would suggest microspikes though. From the junction the summit was 1.8 miles from the trailhead. Instead of doing the loop we just turned around and made our way down the slope again, cutting almost a mile from the loop. The tower is in good shape and the views were stunning.

Did this one as part of the Catskill Firetower Challenge. The biggest challenge is perhaps just making it to the trailhead as it’s rather remotely located. The hike was a very quick jaunt to the top to see the observers cabin, luxury outhouse and of course the tower. The views were good from the tower.

I’m probably not giving this trail the best review I could because I did this one right after hiking Hunter. The trail, while reasonable, just seemed to go on and up forever. It was also incredibly windy and bitingly cold. The Firetower is in good shape and the views were good. I’d like to try this one without having done something like Hunter first.

I really liked this hike, although the trail goes up, up and up some more. I did Hunter just before Tremper, so perhaps I didn’t get a fair assessment of it. It was extremely cold and blustery on the summit. Great views. No microspikes needed quite yet, lots of mud/water at the lower elevations. A great hike though.

poorly marked or no markings in 3 different sections, fallen trees and debris makes it easy to get turned around.

A great hike that would’ve been a lot easier had it not been for the frequent mud jumping. The views from the tower were stunning and I even saw a guy hiking in sandals

Hiked out and back on Tremper Mountain. Stopped to see the first lean-to. Very cool hike. Not very easy and not much to see on the way up. Fire tower was locked on Nov. 4, was told by other hikers that the tower is unlocked only on Summer Weekends when the groundskeeper is there.

hiking
1 month ago

Snowy, muddy and slippery today but still a great hike. Gradual climb with lots of bridges and stairs.

We did this hike in possibly the worst weather conditions. Pouring rain so bad the trail became a stream. At the top it was mixed rain and sleet. On a nice day I would rate this trail moderately easy, under the conditions I did it in , it was all but easy.
I would do this again when conditions are favorable.

Did this one today, later in the afternoon, so I finished in the dark. I like a hike that lets you warm up your legs before you hit the steep pitches. This hike is ideal for that. Today, even at lower elevations, there is snow and ice, so micro-spikes are essential, especially going up that final pitch to the summit. The views are totally worth it, although the lower set of stairs have been removed, so access to the tower is nil. Again a great hike, but micro-spikes are a must.

Trail is well marked, pretty steep climb in spots. Great views of the Catskills.

Did goodnow today. Very nice hike. Fire tower was in good shape. Nice view :)

An excellent hike! This newly rerouted trail (3.4 miles one way) is AMAZING in terms of footing and markets. It is well marked with red DEC markers. This is a very moderate hike, which meanders much of the way through hemlock groves and beaver ponds before peaking up to a bald summit. Note: on the summit there is a rather bold chipmunk who immediately ran up my boot when I sat down. Please, do not feed wildlife, as he clearly had been fed by hikers! Be sure to remember which way you came from, as there are no markers, blazes, or cairns on the summit, and there is another trail off of it.

Great hike! Easy to find trail head and well marked trail. Really nice views from a couple of spot on the way up and amazing views from the top. The fire tower was also quite fun to climb. Very windy and almost unbearably cold on the fire tower but worth the view! My dog and I had a great time on the mtn

Great hike, good family hike.

An easy hike I’ve been doing since I was little with my family. Beautiful views and the tower is pretty cool!

Beautiful hike with great views!! Heavily trafficked, but still worth doing!

Way way too busy. Can’t enjoy the hike or the summit. Another victim of its own success. Parking lots and sides of road over run with cars. Inconsiderate people plying music and partying in summit. Not fun at all.

Great hike, excellent views the whole way

hiking
2 months ago

10/13/18 Trail was covered in the changing leafs but pretty easy to follow. The top of the tower was so beautiful. Saw a rainbow on the top! Must go for sure!

the leaves and recent rain made this steep trail very slippery in spots but the view was beautiful.

This was our 2nd Fire Tower and our favorite so far. We brought along our friends, so we had 2 five year olds, who handled it fine. This was the steepest fire tower we have done yet, but there are plenty of cool spots along the trail to stop, take a break, and explore.

View is fantastic. Make sure that you take the foot path to the right when you are at the summit to go over the the balancing rock.

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hiking
2 months ago

This was the 1st Fire Tower of the Fire Tower Challenge for my boy and I. He had just turned 5 when we did it, and he had no trouble.

Fairly short and has a fantastic view. I think i was lucky that this was the first mountain that we did, because he loved it, and it made him want to come back for more.

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This was the 4th fire tower challenge for my 5 year old an I (brought the wife along on this one).

Day was wet, so that along with the leafs covered rocks and ankle breaker roots made for slow going. Took us 2h up and 1.5h down.

There is one section near the top where you enter an evergreen grove that is covered with hanging moss. The day we did it the mountain top was fogged in. When we entered this section my boy stopped us and said "it looks like we are on another planet". He was right.

The fire tower is super tall, unfortunately for us, we did it on peak color change, but had no view.

We will probably do this one again on our way to completing the fire tower challenge, just so we get to see the view.

The hike is a perfect balance of relaxation and challenge, only 2 hours away from Montreal. The last third of the path is a bit more exhausting, but nothing too intense. Very well maintained path, parking and trail easy to find. Path was quite muddy when we did the hike on this fall day, but still totally doable, even for kids. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy and foggy so we had no view at all once at the summit, but we still had a good time. I'll definitely come back on a sunnier day!

Great hike. Great view.

The view on this is amazing especially in the fall

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